In the 3rd year of my Engineering Degree I undertook an unpaid project with a local company to design a winch. This is essentially a cable and cable drum controlled with a hydraulic motor and gearbox assembly and built within a structural steel frame. This particular winch was utilised upon a ship's deck to aid oil exploration.
The design starts with the selection of the appropriate gearbox and motor that will provide sufficient power to ensure the winch is fit for purpose. Then, with the aid of some old 2D drawings, I set about creating a complete 3D Model using Autodesk Inventor Student Version.
I will detail some step by step instructions including 2D Drawings, 3D Modelling methods and as-built photographs in order to highlight somewhat my excitement at being given the opportunity to design and create my first real 3D Project. This is the culmination of 3/4 yrs hard studying and many, many hours of utter enjoyment using Autodesk Inventor. I hope my love for design shines through.